Traditional dim sum covers a gamut of dishes, most famously dumplings stuffed with everything from pork to shrimp to dried scallops. More adventurous diners can indulge in gelatinous chicken or duck feet, first fried and then saturated in a savory sweet sauce. Pork ribs in black bean sauce or custard tarts are more entry-level fare. Rolling carts are known to dispense everything from garlicky yu choy to beef chow fun, too.
Indoor dining restrictions put into place during the COVID-19 crisis have pushed some restaurants, such as Da Hong Pao in Logan Circle, to temporarily close. But that doesn’t mean that dim sum has gone away. All the a la carte goodness has translated to carryout and can still be consumed around in Maryland and Virginia every day of the week. Here are some best bets in the area, from Rockville and Wheaton down to Falls Church and Springfield.
D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More